Specialised Imaging

We are developing new sensors for Specialised Imaging’s next generation of cameras utilising the latest foundry technologies Specialised Imaging

Our Scholarships

Placement Location


Type of Placements Offered

Summer placements only


Students must be in the penultimate year of their degree

2022/23 Scholarships

Two new scholarships

Who we are and what we do

Specialised Imaging Ltd is a dynamic company which is focused on niche imaging markets and applications, with particular emphasis on high-speed image capture and analysis. We are market leaders in the design and manufacture of Ultra fast framing cameras and Ultra high speed video cameras. SI Sensors is a division of Specialised Imaging, focused on the development of new Advanced CMOS Image Sensors. We are developing new sensors for Specialised Imaging’s next generation of cameras utilising the latest foundry technologies, and also for other customers with bespoke Image sensor design requirements including for space and defence applications.

What you could be doing during your work placement

Your placement would be with our Research and Development team in Cambridge. We are a small team of highly focused and experienced Image Sensor, Analogue and Mixed Signal Design Engineers.

Placement work can be adjusted to match the interests of a successful applicants, but could include:

  • Verilog RTL design and implementation (synthesis and place-and-route) for both on-chip and FPGA applications
  • Analogue CMOS circuit design for key building block in the design of image sensor ASICs
  • Characterization and measurement of image sensor performance (from photon to digital image)

Meet one of our Engineers

Name: Stuart

Job Title: Camera R&D Engineer

Why I chose to work at Specialised Imaging

I applied to SI after leaving university in 2019. The idea of working on high-tech equipment with an award-winning company was appealing, as was the responsibility and flexibility of the role. I liked the idea of being able to provide researchers with tools to break barriers on the extremes of physics. The company encourages the long-term development of its employees, so it seemed an ideal place to find my feet in industry.

What it’s like to work for Specialised Imaging

For me, it’s a varied job. It might involve characterising camera sensors, carrying out equipment testing, inventing and improving test methodologies, problem solving, exploring cutting-edge applications or working on new products that push the envelope of ultra-high-speed imaging that little bit further. Sometimes it’s hands-on (testing, building or experimenting) and sometimes hands-off (coding, designing or discussion). Many of the areas I covered in my degree studies have been useful, as realising a high-speed camera involves photonics and optics, electronics, thermal, material and semiconductor physics.

It’s a small company, so it’s a simple task to get to know everyone here. There’s a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and you’re supported to develop your knowledge and skills by colleagues with a lot of expertise in varied fields. You can get involved in many types of projects and your input is always valued.

My personal interests

In my spare time I enjoy playing the euphonium and piano, walking, reading, playing board games and meeting up with friends.